Fightin Phils 5, Senators 1
• Here’s the recap from Marshall Kelner
• The Senators were sloppy on the defensive side of the ball committing a season-high four errors and throwing four wild pitches. Although it only resulted in one unearned run, the damage was much worse than that as the Senators’ struggles made the difference between the two teams on Saturday night.
• With only one run crossing the plate, on a Justin Bloxom sacrifice fly in the first inning, the Senators’ streak of ten straight games scoring six runs or more came to a crashing halt.
• According to Senators manager Matt LeCroy, don’t expect to see Anthony Rendon play in the last two games of this series as the third baseman still recovers from having his wisdom teeth removed, “He hasn’t worked out for two days and he hasn’t eaten. I don’t see him being able to come in here tomorrow and playing. Maybe he can do something tomorrow as far as working out getting the blood flowing. But I don’t foresee him playing until at least Monday and that’s early for me.”
• The Senators donned special camouflage jerseys that were auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross efforts in the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Effort. Prior to the game, Sean Nicol and Reading’s Tyler Henson spoke to the crowd about additional ways to raise money for the victims.
• Reading shortstop Edgar Duran made a couple of great defensive plays to kill two late Senators rallies. In the seventh, Ricky Hague cued a ball off the end of his bat to first baseman Jim Murphy who fired to Duran covering the bag at second. But the ball skipped a couple of feet in front of the shortstop and could have easily ended up in left field. Instead, Duran scooped up the ball and still managed to make the return throw to first to complete the double play. And then In the ninth, Duran made a web gem as he dove to his left to corral Jose Lozada’s ball up the middle. He scrambled to his feet, took the out himself at second and fired to first to erase the Senators last best chance.
• Reliever Bill Bray’s trip to the DL sounds fairly serious as the Nationals have shut the southpaw down for a period of time in hopes that rest will cure what ails his shoulder. The organization might not have the time or patience to wait though as Bray reportedly has a June opt-out date in his minor league contract.
• A season-high of 7,053 packed into Metro Bank Park to cheer on the Senators.
• Congratulations to Jeff Kobernus who made his MLB debut Saturday night for the Nationals. The former Senator entered the game as a pinch runner and stayed in the lineup playing left field.